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DOJ Sues to Block Health Insurance Mergers

July 21, 2016

Saying the proposed deal would "lead to higher health-insurance prices, reduced benefits, less innovation, and worse service" for consumers, the Department of Justice (DOJ) today filed a lawsuit in federal court to block Aetna's acquisition of Humana. DOJ also took action to block Anthem's acquisition of Cigna Learn More

Progress on Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

July 14, 2016

Progress on addressing the opioid epidemic. Learn More

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for CY 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

July 08, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 7 released the physician fee schedule (PFS) proposed rule for calendar year (CY) 2017. In addition to standard updates to the PFS payment rates and policies, the rule also includes proposed changes related to Medicare Advantage (MA) and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Comments are due Sept. 6. Learn More

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for CY 2017 Hospital Outpatient/ASC Payment Systems

July 07, 2016

On July 6, CMS released the calendar year (CY) 2017 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS)/ambulatory surgical center (ASC) proposed rule. In addition to standard updates to the OPPS and ASC payment systems, the rule proposes to implement the site-neutral provisions of Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, among other changes. Learn More

AHA to Congress: Remove Legal Barriers to Care Coordination

July 05, 2016

The AHA today shared with Congress and HHS a new report that examines the barriers to transforming health care delivery created by outdated fraud and abuse laws. This report recommends the enactment of comprehensive safe harbors to remove outdated barriers and replace them with measures to foster teamwork and ensure accountability. Learn More

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